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Diego Brandao Officially Released for Violating the UFC’s Fighter Conduct Policy

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The UFC has confirmed this morning’s reports that they have released Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA trained fighter Diego Brandao.

The release stems from an April 14th (Thursday) incident outside of an Albuquerque, New Mexico gentlemen’s club where it is alleged that Brandao brandished a fire arm, threatened and assaulted several people. Brandao, a former “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner, was arrested the next day (Friday) on three felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. That Saturday he was released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on a $15,000 bail.

The narrative portion of the Albuquerque Police’s Marc Laws’ incident report reads as follows (forgive the grammatical errors in the excerpt as this is exactly the way it was written by the officer on the seen):

“On 4-14-2016 at 0230 hours, Officers were dispatched to 311 Central references a disturbance”

“APD dispatched had received a call from the Knockout Bar stating that a man who had been refused entry into the bar became angry with the door security personal. He started fighting with them and then pulled out a gun and hit and pointed the weapon at them. Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Anthony Romero (victim) and he stated Diego Brandao had arrived at the bar and wanted to come in. Romero refused to let Brandao in because he showed signs of intoxication. Diego became angry and attempted to force his way into the bar. At that point, Brandao hit Romero in the face with his fist. Two other employees came to help Romero keep Brandao from entering the bar. Lavon King (victim) who was right outside the door came into the bar to keep Diego from entering the bar. Patrick Otero (victim) then came over and helped in keeping Diego from trying to enter the bar. At some point during the struggle with Diego, he was able to pull out a weapon. He then hit Patrick with the weapon just under the chin. Diego then pointed the weapon at Patrick and Lavon and started cussing at them. Diego started running up and down Central yelling at the while still pointing the gun at them.”

“Diego went to his car still yelling and pointing the gun at them. The employees and unknown customers went back inside the bar and locked the door. They could still hear Diego yelling and cussing at them. They looked out the peep hole and saw Diego get in his car and drive away from the area. I asked if anyone need to see rescue and they stated no. I could not see any injury’s any one of the victims. The employees of the bar were able to recognize Diego Brandao as he had been in the bar on several occasions. This report will be turned over to the impact team.”

Shortly after the incident was reported by the abqjournal.com the UFC released a statement concerning the report:

“We are aware that UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested Friday following an altercation at a business establishment in Albuquerque, N.M. We are in the process of gathering more information at this time.

“While we are concerned by the nature of the reported allegations, it is important to note that Brandao is entitled to due process in a court of law.

“We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”

Brandao’s career was already in hot water due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites on an in-competition drug test before losing his last fight to Brian Ortega at UFC 195 on January 2nd. Because of that positive result, he was already temporarily suspended while he awaits for a date to be scheduled for him to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a full disciplinary hearing.

At 28 years old, Brandao’s UFC record stands at 6-4. His biggest wins where over the Dennis Bermudez and Daniel Pineda. His overall professional record is 20-11.

The official reason for his release was for violating the UFC’s fighter conduct policy which states:

“fighters shall conduct themselves in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency, social convention, and morals, and fighters will not commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence or make any statement which will reflect negatively upon or bring disrepute, contempt, scandal, ridicule or disdain to the fighter or the UFC.”

In New Mexico, an assault or battery charge is generally a misdemeanor offense, however, Brandao’s alleged infractions have been enhanced to an aggravated charge because the district attorney is considering that the offenses were committed with the intent to commit a violent felony. Under New Mexico law aggravated assault, which includes assault with a deadly weapon, is usually a fourth-degree felony. If convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Brandao could face up to one year in county jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both, and/or probation for up to one year and restitution. For the three ‘aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges’, he could face up to 18 months in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both and/or probation up to five years, parole for one year and
restitution. The judge in the case is Charles W. Brown, the same judge who presided over Jon Jones’ case earlier this year. Criminal charges are often reduced or dropped and Diego Brandao is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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